A Portsmouth firm has earned its wings working with the RAF to mark the long service of a jet used to fly members of the royal family.
McAndrew Martin, based in the Fairway Business Centre, had been contracted by the RAF to install Hawker Siddeley 125 (HS125) aircraft as a ‘gate guardian’ at RAF Northolt in Middlesex.
The HS125 type aircraft, which was part of 32 Squadron at RAF Northolt, was withdrawn from military service in March of this year, will now take pride of place alongside Spitfire and Hurricane fighters in recognition of its 44 years of service.
McAndrew Martin is a chartered surveyors, engineers and architectural design service which supplies services to a range of different companies up-and-down the UK.
The project at RAF Northolt was lead by structural engineer Noor Awan.
He said: ‘Any VIPs or Royalty flying from RAF Northolt in the future will see the monument as a lasting reminder of the aircraft’s proud service.
‘It was unusual for us to be directly contracted by the RAF rather than through a prime contractor or third party so it made our involvement extra special.
‘It was an honour to contribute to the success of the project and play our part in helping to preserve and display such an important part of the RAF’s heritage.’
The project took two-months to complete, which included work on design, laying foundations, brickwork, lighting, arranging a commemorative plaque and site supervision.
The company already has a strong track record in conservation work on such prestigious properties as Horseguards Parade, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
The new monument was unveiled to staff by outgoing station commander, group captain Andy Bacon.
The aircraft was once used to fly the Queen, government ministers and senior military officers since coming into service in 1971.
It also saw service in a communications role in many military operations, including both Gulf Wars,and Libya.
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